I'm very pleased to announce the release of my anthology, Nietzsche and the Philosophers. It's a collection of essays devoted to Nietzsche's relationship to other great thinkers in the history of philosophy, figures such as Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Kant, Hume, Emerson, and Rousseau. I was lucky enough to recruit some of the most important scholars … Continue reading Nietzsche and the Philosophers
“I think there are two Donald Trumps.” (Palm Beach, Florida, March 11, 2016) “I don’t think there are two Donald Trumps. I think there’s one Donald Trump.” (Palm Beach, Florida, March 11, 2016) In a recent posting of “The Stone,” a column devoted to philosophical issues in The New York Times, Michael P. Lynch well-notes … Continue reading Trump is God (but not in a good way)
The recent death of David Bowie struck me rather hard. It’s not that I was the biggest fan. Don’t get me wrong, I loved his music. I’ve cherished The Ziggy Stardust album, for example, for decades. But I never saw him in concert. Sadly, a week before he died I signed up for updates on … Continue reading On The Death of David Bowie, or: The Gods of Our Youth
Raymond Chandler was one of the greatest classic noir writers. He wrote The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, The Lady in the Lake, and The Long Goodbye, amongst others. Even if you’ve never read any of his work, you likely recognize at least some of those titles, since each one of them has been made … Continue reading The World of Raymond Chandler: in His Own Words, edited by Barry Day: A Review
There's a heartfelt essay in today's New York Times entitled "Why I Can't Forgive Dylann Roof" by Roxane Gay. This follows from the very emotional scenes when the family members of the murdered South Carolina church-goers confronted the monster who killed their brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and by-and-large forgave him for his unforgivable deeds. Gay … Continue reading On South Carolina, Forgiveness, and Dostoevsky
Those of you who follow me know that I’m fond of adding “and shit” to the end of quotes. E.g., “Religion is the opiate of the masses, and shit.” (Marx) So I’ve put together a fifth partial list of the “and shit” quotes that I’ve posted on Twitter. (Click here for the first list, here for the second, … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes and Shit Volume V: Philosophers and shit!
Last week I gave a paper at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy meeting in New Orleans. It was on Nietzsche’ view of pessimism, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk a bit about the philosophical conceptions of optimism and pessimism. Both optimism and pessimism are generally understood as involving an evaluation … Continue reading The Good, The Bad, and Schopenhauer